San Diego may not be a haven for birdwatchers, but it undoubtedly reigns supreme on the beer-drinker’s map. In the realm of top-notch brews, Karl Strauss brings us Two Tortugas, the second installment in their somewhat metaphorical “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales. While Turtle Doves might be elusive, stumbling upon an exceptional beer here is a walk in the park. This Belgian-inspired Quadruple Ale, with its intricate blend of toffee, dark fruits, and invigorating spices, promises a flavor profile that evolves gracefully over time. Whether you’re raising a glass to 2011 or stashing a bottle away for 2021, this turtle-themed creation has staying power.

Appearance: The beer, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a goblet, presents itself with a dark red hue, accompanied by a head that quickly dissipates into nothingness.

Aroma: Wafting from the glass are notes of dried dark fruits, reminiscent of a juicy fruit gum.

Taste: The flavor profile unfolds with a hint of toasty malt, intertwined with dried dark fruit, bubble gum undertones, and a light, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer boasts a syrupy texture complemented by moderate carbonation, creating a well-rounded mouthfeel.

Overall: Two Tortugas stands as a quintessential representation of an American-made quadruple, characterized by its pronounced sweetness, spiciness, and syrupy consistency. Approach with caution, as this is a substantial brew. Consider stashing a few bottles away for a couple of years; this beer has the potential to mature and develop even more complexity over time.